True hands on experience. You are treated as a full time employee from day one. Superb management. Essentially make your own schedule, within reason.
No over-time. Some of the employees tend to have low morale about the projects they are working on due to continuous spinning of the wheels. Also, the company structure is very vertical, as a CO-OP do not expect to have the opportunity to speak to upper management.
Advice to Management
Do your best to consult with the engineers before deciding to enact a change in their project. Also, keep an eye on the final issue that needs to be solved, the more you jump around the less work that gets done.
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Universal Lighting Technologies (Austin, TX) in April 2012.
For co-op positions, hiring managers use university relations to recruit on campus and post to campus job boards. Set up a time slot to interview with the manager and there was a 45-60 minute interview. Very basic. Manager brought samples of products into interview for discussion.
HR asked for a response within a week.
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